A lion had a thorn in his paw, so he went to a shepherd.
"Help me!" the lion said, slowly extending his paw.
The shepherd was terrified, but then he saw the thorn. He removed the thorn, and the grateful lion went back into the woods.
Years later, the shepherd was wrongly accused of a crime and thrown to the beasts in the arena. The lion was one of those beasts, and he recognized the shepherd. The lion embraced the shepherd and defended him from the other beasts.
Amazed, the king absolved the good shepherd and freed the lion also.
Inspired by: Mille Fabulae et Una, a collection of Latin fables that I've edited, free to read online. I am not translating the Latin here; instead, I am just telling a 100-word version of the fable.
Notes: This is fable 15 in the book, which is Perry 563.